Fall 2019 Reading Series
Friday September 20 @ 07:00PM - Friday December 06 @ 09:00PM
Tanner's Books is a proud annual sponsor of the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival “Fall Reading Series”. This year’s celebration for readers and writers happens over four Fridays: September 20, October 18, November 22 & December 6. All events will be held at the Shoal Centre.
See below for the complete line-up of writers. Read about all of the participating authors on the Festival website sidneyliteraryfestival.ca
Tickets are available in-store or through the festival site.
An Evening with Anny Scoones & Wally du Temple
An Evening with Barbara Smith and Erin Davis
Friday October 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Barbara Smith was born and raised in Toronto, but moved to Edmonton where she and her family enjoyed thirty “brisk” winters before she and her husband made the clever decision to move to Sidney. Her 38th book, Great Canadian Campfire Stories, will be published next spring. After that she might retire. Barbara’s interest in Canada’s social history, especially women’s history, goes back many decades and she was thrilled to be asked to compile The Valiant Nellie McClung. Her latest book The Famous Five: Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights is a concise history of the five women who changed the course of history and brought Canadians one step closer to equality.
Erin Davis is a relative newcomer to the Saanich Peninsula, moving here at the end of 2016 with her husband after retiring from a highly successful media career in eastern Canada. Just as she was leaving Toronto, HarperCollins Canada approached Erin to tell the story of her difficult journey through grief following the unexpected death of her daughter in May of 2015. Erin spent the next 18 months writing and soul-searching; the result is Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy. The book is #7 year-to-date on the Globe and Mail‘s list of Canadian non-fiction bestsellers and an excerpt is featured in the October edition of Reader’s Digest.
An Evening with M.A.C. Farrant and Pauline Holdstock
Friday November 22 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Called “one of the best humorists in the land” and “the bizarro Alice Munro”, North Saanich’s own M.A.C. Farrant is the author of fifteen works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, two plays, etc. Her novel, The Strange Truth About Us – A Novel of Absence,” was chosen by The Globe & Mail as a Best Book of 2012.
The World Afloat – Miniatures, Volume 1 in a trilogy, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The Days – Forecasts, Warnings, Advice, Volume 2, was a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the ReLit Award in 2017. The third collection in the series, The Great Happiness, appeared in 2019.
Some of Farrant’s other nominations and awards include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Van City Book Prize. She has taught writing at the University of Victoria, the Victoria School of Writing, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published novelist, short fiction writer and essayist, whose work has won a number of awards, including the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Pauline has also been shortlisted for the Giller prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ prize. Her new book, Here I Am! set in England in the pre-digital 1960s is about a young boy who loses his mother. Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction prizewinner, Kathy Page, says Holdstock has “crafted a touching and utterly absorbing story that reminds us of what it is to be a child.”
An Evening with Ruth James and Kent Laforme
Friday December 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for a fascinating evening with Ruth James and Kent Laforme who’ll talk about their collaborative work on the beautiful story of Paseka: A Little Elephant, Brave. Loosely based on a true story, it is the incredible story of an orphaned elephant calf. Told from Paseka’s point of view, the story raises important issues about the interaction between humans and wildlife, and our role in its protection and conservation. It also encourages empathy, so often the catalyst for positive change. While written to create African literature for African children, the book’s relevance is universal. http://pasekathebook.com/the-book/
Ruth James is a former school teacher who loves children’s literature. She is a director on the board of the African Children’s Book Box Society. The society, which began as a literacy project in Kenya, now works mainly in Tanzania, providing portable libraries of books by African authors to schools that have few storybooks and even fewer featuring African children.
Kent Laforme is a stone carver who loves to draw. In fact, he’s loved drawing and stones all his life and they are the foundation of his artwork While illustrating the book, Kent stumbled upon a 15,000lb (almost 7,000kg) boulder that looked very much like an elephant, and was instantly inspired to create a sculpture of Paseka. If you want to check out Kent’s work, please visit kentlaforme.com.